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Have a happy Bilby Easter Here!

Some games to play at Easter Here!

And on this page are a heap of fun things to make for Easter! Click on the one you want to see, or scroll down and see them all!

Easter Basket. Easter Bunny/Bilby Ears. Papier-mâché Eggs. Egg Carton Mini-Easter Baskets. Natural Dye Easter Eggs. Crêpe paper egg dye. Food coloring egg dye. Waxed eggs. Tie-dye eggs. Marble eggs. Sponge painted eggs. Commercial shrink-wraps . Woven Heart Shaped Baskets. Woven Boxes. Easter Gift Paper. Paper Easter Eggcups. Easter Pom Pom Animals. Eggheads. Fabergé Eggs.

Easter Basket.

 You will need -

 Basket with a handle.

 Easter eggs. Hot cross buns.

 Shredder paper.

 Ribbons, coarse glitter.

 A big toy Bunny or Bilby.

 Easter goodies, ie. Chocolate sauce, daffodils, cards, etc.

Place toy in basket, snug shredded paper all around. Place eggs, flowers, hot cross buns, chocolate sauce, cards etc all about. Wrap ribbons about the handle, add a handful of coarse glitter sprinkled over top.

 

Easter Bunny/Bilby Ears.

You will need -

  Construction paper (pink, white and/or light grey, brown).

 Glue / stapler.

 A hat / headband.

 Scissors.

  Pliers.

 Coloured stickytape.

Cut out bunny ears from construction paper. Paper must be thick enough
that it won't flop over. Use white ears for a bunny, grey for a bilby (make
slightly longer than the rabbit ears) and brown for a chocolate bunny
with smaller pink paper cut-outs for the inner ear.

Ear makings!

Glue the pink inner ear on the larger outer ear.

Make a wide band long enough to go around the wearer's head.
Form a circle that will fit and staple at the ends. Flatten the staples
on the inside with pliers and cover with sticky tape so it doesn't scratch
the wearer. Use coloured sticky tape to hide the staples altogether!

Attach ears to either side of the band with glue and tape like this -

easter bear bilby!

Or at the back like this -

easter bear bunny

Alternatively, attach the ears to either side of a wide brimmed
hat via its hatband in a similar fashion.

Papier-mâché Eggs.

You will need -

 Papier-mâché paste

 balloon

  tape

 1-inch torn strips of newspaper or paper towelling

 shallow dish.

 paint brushes

 colored tissue paper (optional)

  decoupage finishing paste.

 

Blow up balloon and attach with a piece of string to a coat hanger.
Hook over an area spread with newspaper so that it touches
nothing on either side.

Cut/rip more newspaper into 3cm strips. Make a layer of strips on the balloon
by dipping them in the glue and layering them in one direction.
Wait for this layer to dry before putting on the next layer in a
different direction ie. first go across, then go down. This helps you
remember how many layers you have done.

Three or four layers should be strong enough. Now paint and decorate
your egg, protect it with a coat of cheep decoupage finish and make
streamers/bows with the crepe paper
for decoration. To see how to make
your egg into an Easter piñata, see
Here.

Papier-mâché paste recipes.

 Water mixed with enough plain flour to make a smooth
runny paste. Add a pinch of salt.

 Wall paper paste made up to the directions on the packet.

 Clag or other non-toxic children's glue. This can be a bit
more expensive and needs cleaning off children more promptly

The glue will sets quite hard, so any splatterings will have to be
cleaned up fast. Dip your strip of ripped paper in and apply it to the egg. 
The paste can often be kept for several days in a sealed container,
but it is better to make up small lots as you need them and throw
the little bits away.

Warning! Do not put glue down the drain. It clogs it up and is very,
very hard to shift (actually, I haven't been able to yet ;)

Egg Carton Mini-Easter Baskets.

You will need -

 Strips of colored paper.

 Easter grass, jelly beans, mini eggs etc.

  Egg carton.

 Paint.

Cut out and paint individual egg buckets from the carton.
Glue on a paper handle. Fill with goodies.

Natural Dye Easter Eggs.

You will need -

 Various food and plant items ie. carrots,
blueberries, coffee, red cabbage, tea.

 Sauce pans for each colour.

 Slotted spoon.

 A strainer.

  Cooking oil.

 A soft cloth.

Pale Red: Fresh beets or cranberries, frozen raspberries

Orange: Yellow onion skins

Light yellow: Orange or lemon peels, carrot tops,
celery seed or ground cumin

Yellow: Ground turmeric

Pale green: Spinach leaves

Green-gold: Yellow Delicious apple peels

Blue: Canned blueberries or red cabbage leaves

Beige to brown: Strong brewed coffee

To dye Easter eggs the natural way, here's what to do:

1.
Put eggs in a single layer in a pan. Pour water in
pan until the eggs are covered.

2. Add about a teaspoon of vinegar.

3. Add the natural dye appropriate to the colour you want
your eggs to be. (The more eggs you are dying at a time, the
more dye you will need to use.)

4. Bring water to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

5. Remove the substance you used to colour the eggs.
Put eggs in a bowl. If you want your eggs to be a darker shade,
cover them with the dye and let them stand overnight
in the refrigerator.

6. Remove with slotted spoon and dry. Polish with small amount
of cooking oil and a soft cloth.

Crêpe paper egg dye.

You will need -

 Different colour crepe paper

 slotted spoon

 hot water

 cooking oil

  small bowls or cups

 soft cloth

Soak crepe paper in hot water in individual bowls or cups for each colour. Add eggs and sit in water until it is the desired colour. Remove with slotted spoon and let dry. Polish with small amount of cooking oil and soft cloth.

Food colouring egg dye.

You will need -

 Food colouring

 white vinegar

  hot water

 small bowls or cups

 slotted spoon

 cooking oil

  soft cloth

 

For each colour measure 1/4 tsp. food coloring in small bowl. Add 3/4 of
a cup hot water and 1 tbsp. white vinegar to each colour.

Add eggs and sit until they are the desired colour. Remove with
slotted spoon. Polish dry eggs with small amount of
cooking oil and soft cloth.

Waxed eggs.

You will need -

 Wax crayons

 paper towels

 egg dyes in different colours

 slotted spoon

 cooking oil

 soft cloth

Draw a heavy crayon pattern on hard-boiled eggs. Dip eggs in egg dye preferably a dark colour. Leave in dye until they become the desired colour. Remove with slotted spoon and place in 200 degree F oven for a few minutes until the wax is melted. Wipe with paper towel and dip again in lighter dye to fill in pattern where wax was. Polish finished eggs with cooking oil and soft cloth.

Tie-dye eggs.

You will need -

 Masking tape / lucky bands.

 Different colour egg dye

 slotted spoon

 cooking oil

 soft cloth

 container for dye (ice-cream container)

Stick a pattern of masking tap or lucky bands on plain hard-boiled egg. Dip egg in egg dye and leave until it is the desired colour. Remove with slotted spoon and air dry. Remove masking tape / lucky bands when dry. Leave masked areas white or dip again in another lighter dye. Polish finished egg with cooking oil and soft cloth.

Marble eggs.

You will need -

 Large glass jar

 Crayon stubs

 Spoon, stick for stirring.

 Hot water

  Waxed paper or newspaper

 Empty egg carton

  Clear acrylic spray / decoupage finishing paste / hairspray. (optional)

 Vegetable grater / pencil sharpener

Grate peeled crayons over waxed paper. Fill jar with very hot water.
Drop bits of grated crayon into water.

Add hard boiled or blown egg as soon as crayon begins to melt.
Twirl egg in water with spoon. The wax should make a design on the egg.
Carefully remove egg and set upside-down in egg carton to dry.
Once dry spray with clear acrylic / decoupage finishing paste
/ hairspray to seal.

Sponge painted eggs.

You will need -

 Paint.

 small pieces of sponge

 paper cups (for each colour)

 clothes pegs (for each colour)

 clear acrylic spray / decoupage finishing paste / hairspray.

 egg cups

Place hard boiled or blown eggs in eggcups. Partially fill paper cups with different colour paint. Clip a piece of sponge to a clothespeg and dip into paper cups, use the clothespeg as a handle. Lightly dab the sponge over the top half of the eggs. Let them dry. Turn eggs over and repeat procedure. Let the eggs dry completely. If using blown eggs, spray with acrylic spray / decoupage finishing paste / hairspray for a permanent finish.

Commercial shrink-wraps.

Many retailers now sell plastic shrink-wraps for egg decorating.
All you have to do is 1) cut out the wraps. 2) slip over a lightly sand-papered
(to get rid of the lumps and bumps) and cleaned hard-boiled egg and
3) dip in boiling water. The wrap will then shrink snugly onto the eggs.
There are several designs available on the market.

No, I do not know where or how to get them, you will have
to keep an eye out for them in your local shops.

Shrink wraped eggs.

Basket of shrink-wrapped boiled eggs.

Woven Heart Shaped Baskets.

You will need -

WovenHeart

 scissors.

 glue or stapler.

 pastel colored construction paper two colours.

 Fold two colored pieces of paper in half and trace the pattern with the flat edge being on the fold. Cut pattern out. Weave both in and out and 'threw' both colours. Add another strip of paper for the handle, glue in place. Fill with shredded paper and little eggs.

 

 

Woven Boxes.

Using one piece of paper cut horizontal straight lines about one inch in from side to side across paper, about 1/2 inch a part from each other. The paper should be covered from top to bottom with these slits.

Next take the other colour of paper and cut 1/2 strips. Weave these strips in and out of the slits in the first paper.

When completed with all the strips glue the ends of the strips to the first paper to hold in place. Next, fold up the sides to make a basket shape. Staple or glue in place. With a contrasting colour make a handle on your basket and staple or glue.

Basket can then be filled with shredded paper to make a nest in the bottom.

 

Easter Gift Paper.

You will need -

 Paper.

 Stamps

 Ink

 Scissors.

StampPaper

Pick out some nice Easter stamps, with eggs and daffodils, bunnies and Bilbies. Stamp them out onto a sheet of paper using different coloured ink.

Let dry and there you go - they are ready to be used for wrapping presents, making egg holders (see below) or little paper boxes to hide eggs in. You can even cut them up and make jigsaw puzzles out of them.

 

 

Paper Easter Eggcups.

Print out a long border like this one and cut it out as a strip.

or use these Here.

Or you can use Easter paper you have stamped out and cut into strips.

Measure around the bottom of your Easter egg, make the strip a little longer than that, glue the ends so you make a circle (pattern outwards) and let dry. Perch the egg on top. Use a whole family of different sized eggs on the table as a great center-piece.

 

Easter Pom Pom Animals.

You will need -

 Pom poms or cotton buds.

 Glue and scissors.

 Googol eyes, glitter, pipe cleaners etc.

 Felt.

Glue pom poms to make ducks, bunnies, bilbies etc

Use felt for eyes, beaks, ears, feet.

Pipe cleaners for snouts, tails, bent in a triangle for wings.

Decorate with glitter and ribbons, googol eyes, little baskets full of straw.

 

Eggheads.

You will need -

2 eggs, soft-boiled or raw

 Watercress or mustard seeds

 2 egg cups

 Water

 Cotton wool

 Scissors

 Felt-tipped pens

 Glitter.

1. Cut the tops off the eggs. Raw eggs work best for making eggheads,
so either eat the eggs if they're soft-boiled, or tip out the contents to
use later. Place the eggshells in the eggcups.

2. Draw faces on each eggshell - happy or sad or just plain silly.
If you're going to put on a moustache make sure it's green!

3. Fill the inside with cotton wool. Sprinkle seeds thickly on top.
Water carefully, so the seeds don't wash out of the eggshell.
The water level should be about at the top of the egg, or just a little
lower. Place the eggheads on a sunny windowsill.

4. Wait. Over the next few days the seeds will germinate and
grow. Soon you'll have eggheads with long green hair.

5. Now you can play hairdresser and give your egghead a
crewcut or a mohawk, and don't worry, the hair will grow again.
Or you can eat it on a sandwich, although you might find the taste
too peppery. Nibble a little bit to find out first!

Fabergé Eggs.

FabEgg

EasterPic

Cut out pictures and glue them onto painted eggs.

Links.

Danette's Designs Easter Page, full of great ideas http://danetteseastercrafts.homestead.com/mainmenu.html

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